The Dragonflies are among the earliest insects to evolve, with fossil records going back some 300 million years. Today there are around 55 species of Dragonflies and Damselflies living in the British Isles, or are regular migrants. The pictures below are just a small selection of those that I have in my Photo Library.

 

 

 

This is one from a sequence of about a dozen pictures that I have of this Dragonfly Aeshna mixta hovering.

Above a hovering Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.

 

A male Broad-bodied Chaser perched beside my garden pond.

 

A female Broad-bodied Chaser egg laying in my garden pond.

 

The Four-spotted Chaser is a widespread species in Britain.

 

A male Black-tailed Skimmer resting on Reed Mace stem.

 

Male Black-tailed Skimmer in flight around a local lake. This species of Dragonfly was common in this location for most of the summer.

 

A male Common Darter in flight. A very common dragonfly throughout the summer and lasting well into autumn, but it's not easy to photograph in flight.

 

Common Darters in tandem.

 

Male Black Darter, Thursley Heath NNR Surrey.

 

A male Emperor Dragonfly resting on a rush stem, Biggleswade lake. July 2009.

 

Hairy Dragonfly egg laying, Strumpshaw Fen NR. Norfolk. June 2009.

 

Norfolk Hawker, Strumpshaw Fen NR, Norfolk. June 2009.

 

Norfolk Hawker in flight. Strumpshaw Fen NR. Norfolk. June 2009.

 

Two pairs of Azure Damselflies egg laying in a friends pond. This is usually the most common damselfly species found in garden ponds.

 

The Large Red Damselfly is earliest species to seen around my garden pond, usually putting an appearance in late April. Here a pair are egg laying in my garden pond.

 

The Willow Emerald Damselfly has only recently become established in Britain. I visited it's stronghold in Suffolk on 1st September and took a series of pictures of this tree loving insect.

 

A male Southern Damselfly. I photographed several of these dainty and weak flying damselflies while visiting Gower in south Wales, during early July 2009.

 

During the passed few years the Small Red-eyed Damselfly has spread across much of south eastern England, and is quite common in ponds and lakes in Bedfordshire.

 

Along the rivers Gt. Ouse and Ivel in Bedfordshire the Banded Demoiselle is a plentyful insect during the summer.

 

 

All pictures are Copyright of Richard Revels FRPS